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Popular diner closing in San Miguel after 29 years

Lynne Schmitz
Lynne Schmitz jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

After 29 years as an institution in San Miguel, the Country Diner — where friends meet — will close its doors Monday at the end of the business day.

Owner Linda Mora lost her lease and has not been able to renegotiate it. But she is watching for another spot on Mission Street to reopen when the opportunity arises.

In July 1987, the single mother with five children, who was also an excellent cook with a gregarious and outgoing personality, decided to open the little restaurant.

The diner quickly became the place for locals to meet and visit with travelers from all over the world. Many out-of-town visitors have become good friends, stopping for breakfast and lunch over the years as they drive through the area.

Mora’s five children all lead busy and productive lives, having learned rich social skills while helping her. Stay tuned.

Change at the Mission

On July 4, Mission San Miguel buildings will be turned over to the Diocese of Monterey, which will become the administrator.

However, the Franciscan community will remain to provide pastoral and sacramental ministries to parishioners. Over the past several years, the Franciscan Order has given up administrative control of all but three of the California missions because of an inability to properly staff and maintain them.

Father Pedro Umaña will remain as pastor, aided by Father Philip Garcia. Brother Tito Garcia will provide religious education. Mass times will remain the same.

Memorial planned

A celebration of life for Gladys Craspay will be held Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Community Building in the park.

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Go to www.discoversanmiguel.com for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early day families, the town and area.

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at Lynne_Schmitz@yahoo.com (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.

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